Patients who are struggling with problems such as daytime sleepiness and fatigue, loss of concentration or memory during the day, or who feel as though they are just not as well rested as they should be in the morning may be struggling with a condition called sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a sleeping disorder that greatly affects the ability of an individual to reach the restorative cycle of sleep that helps men and women feel rested. This condition is the result of blocked airways, which can be caused by the tongue or a tight throat when the patient is sleeping. Sleep apnea can lead to conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, and an increased risk for obesity.
There are several ways that patients can address sleep apnea. The most highly recommended method of addressing this condition is with a CPAP machine. The CPAP machine is used at night when the patient sleeps to provide oxygen to the individual. However, this machine can be cumbersome and difficult to use since the nose mask is uncomfortable for many patients. This reduces patient compliance and can cause patients who need it to fail to comply with their treatment plan.
Many patients will benefit from an alternative way to address their sleep apnea, oral appliance therapy. Once a patient has received a professional diagnosis of obstructive sleep apnea, they can visit Quince Orchard Dental Care to have a custom oral appliance made. This appliance can be worn to realign the jaw to open the airways as well as hold down the tongue, which can fall into the back of the throat while sleeping and result in an obstruction of the airway. This appliance is much more comfortable for the patient and easy to use and travel with; thereby, greatly increasing patient compliance rate for particular therapy.
Dr. Rouhanian will discuss the benefits of an oral appliance therapy over traditional CPAP treatments, and will explain how to utilize the oral appliance correctly for maximum results. Patients can take time during this initial consultation appointment to ask any questions that they may have about their condition, and ask which treatment is best for their lifestyle and budget.